Sharon Lewis And Texas Fire review…January 1, 2017…

SHARON LEWIS AND TEXAS FIRE

GROWN ASS WOMAN

DELMARK RECORDS  DE-849

CAN’T DO IT LIKE WE DO–HELL YEAH–CHICAGO WOMAN–THEY’RE LYING–DON’T TRY TO JUDGE ME–OLD MAN’S BABY–GROWN ASS WOMAN–WALK WITH ME–FREEDOM–CALL HOME–HOME FREE BLUES–HIGH ROAD–WHY I SING THE BLUES–SOUL SHINE

Sharon Lewis busted out big with er 2011 debut, “The Real Deal,” and the follow-up is now released, and it’s sho’ nuff well-worth the wait!  Sharon is back with a defiant statement of female empowerment entitled “Grown Ass Woman.”  Sharon and guitarist Steve Bramer wrote most of the fourteen cuts herein, and she cuts loose with some fine straight-and soul-blues that backs up her belief that the blues is all about what’s REALLY going on in the world today.

She kicks off with a blistering, fun-filled ode to the blues as an extension of black culture and her ancestors who shaped the genre,’ “They Can’t Do It Like We Do!”  It’s hot as Hell, and has Billy Branch blowin’ up a storm on harp!  The stone party anthem, “Hell Yeah,” decrees something another famous bluesman once said–“we ain’t gon’ play no rock and roll–just the blues and a whole lotta soul!”  It has a fun horn section to add the spice for the dancers!

Chicago slide legend Joanna Connor blisters the strings on two cuts.  First up is the story of a tough gal who “won’t be denied,” that “Chicago Woman!”  And, she adds the fuel to the fire as Sharon sings “Freedom,” a song detailing the tenuous relationships between authority figures and today’s society.

Sharon touches on vintage soul with “Call Home,” and the poignant tale of a woman who’s been the victim of wagging tongues all over the ‘hood, but, trouble is, “They’re Lying.”  The set closes with two mighty fine covers.  Steve Bramer’s guitar rides that powerhouse groove of B. B.’s “Why I Sing The Blues,” while the last cut is a definite note of upbeat positivity, as Sharon “reaches out and touches our hearts” with a sweet read of Warren Haynes’ “Soul Shine.”

Our favorite was a sly number that deals with the differences in some men, the jumpin’ “I’d rather be an Old Man’s Baby than a young man’s fool!”  Steve Bell, sounding a whole lot like his iconic father, Carey, is galloping all over the harp on this one!

Sharon Lewis And Texas Fire will tell you from jump in the title cut that “I’m a Grown Ass Woman, there’s nothin’ fake about me!”  It’s all true, and this is a dynamite set from one of Chicago’s hottest players!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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